Advanced Energy Perspectives

Energy Efficiency as a Resource: The Power of Getting More from Less

Posted by Ryan Katofsky

Oct 26, 2017 2:00:00 PM

3.10_Utility_Energy_Efficiency_Programs__Services.jpg A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this third in a series published by Utility Dive, AEE explores traditional and "pay for performance" approaches to energy efficiency (EE). 

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Performance-based Regulation: Aligning Utility Incentives with Policy Objectives and Customer Benefits

Posted by Benjamin Stafford and Lisa Frantzis

Oct 11, 2017 3:30:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this second of a 7-part series published by Utility Dive, AEE lays out strategies for achieving performance-based regulation. Previously, we covered Advanced Meters: Connectivity for the Modern Grid.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System, utility, regulation

Advanced Metering: Making the Most of Connectivity for a Modern Grid

Posted by Coley Girouard

Sep 28, 2017 3:30:00 PM

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A successful transition to a 21st Century Electricity System requires careful consideration of a range of issues that will ultimately redefine the regulatory framework and utility business model while creating new opportunities for third-party providers and customers to contribute to the operation of the electricity system. In this first of a seven-part series published by Utility Dive, AEE looks at the transformative impact of advanced metering infrastructure. Commonly defined as an integrated network of smart meters, communication networks, and data management systems, AMI has the potential to transform how utilities, customers, and third-party providers manage electricity generation, delivery, and use.

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Topics: PUCs, 21st Century Electricity System

Our Input to DOE Study: Advanced Energy is the Answer, Not the Problem

Posted by Arvin Ganesan and Bob Keough

May 18, 2017 1:22:59 PM

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As readers of Advanced Energy Perspectives are aware, the Trump Administration may be turning its promises to bring back coal jobs into an attack on advanced energy. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered the Department of Energy to conduct a closed-door study of the electric power system. As designed, the purpose of this study seems to be blaming the growth of solar and wind energy for the declining market share of “baseload resources,” namely coal-fired and existing nuclear power plants, and suggesting that the decline threatens the reliability of electric power service. Though off base from the start, we can only expect that such a study, with its apparently predetermined result, will lead to policy action that will attempt to harm our industry’s continued growth.  Although the Department has not initiated the customary process of seeking public input on this study, when it comes to sharing the extensive evidence in literature and practice that the system is changing, but changing for the better, we are not waiting to be asked.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, 21st Century Electricity System

How Performance-Based Regulation Could Put Pennsylvania at the Forefront of a 21st Century Electricity System

Posted by Ryan Katofsky and Benjamin Stafford

Apr 13, 2017 2:26:47 PM

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The electricity sector is changing. New technologies are being integrated into the grid and installed behind customer meters, including a range of smart grid technologies, distributed generation, demand response, and energy efficiency. These same technologies are putting pressure on the traditional utility business model, which is focused on providing a regulated rate of return on capital investment. As a result, both utilities and regulators are looking for ways to modernize the regulatory framework to better align utility financial incentives with the changes taking place on the grid and with public policy goals. One way to do that is performance-based regulation (PBR). A new paper from AEE Institute explores the potential for Pennsylvania to benefit from PBR to deliver better service (and more options) for customers and greater economic development for the state.

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Topics: State Policy Update, 21st Century Electricity System

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